First Steps if You’re Injured at Work

First Steps if You’re Injured at Work

Employers are legally required to do everything necessary to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Nonetheless, injuries on the job still sometimes happen. If that’s the case for you, what should you do first, and what are your legal rights? Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you sort through the legalities of workers’ compensation.


First Steps if You’re Injured at Work

The first step you will want to take to protect yourself legally is to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. In fact, most states require you do so within a specified period of time.  The next step is to file a claim with either the workers’ compensation court or industrial court, depending on your state. By doing so, you’re giving formal notice to both your employer and their insurance company about the injury.


At this point, you may choose to pursue legal action, particularly if you are unable to work as a result of your injury and would like to receive compensation.


While workers’ compensation laws vary by state, there are some common legal rights that workers are entitled to in most states. These include the right to:

  • File a claim for your injury or illness
  • Get medical treatment for your injury
  • Return to work if you’ve been cleared by a doctor
  • Be compensated if you’re unable to return to work either permanently or temporarily
  • Have legal representation

You also have the option of claims against an employer that are separate from workers’ compensation claims. This may be particularly beneficial if a governmental agency such as OSHA has been involved and the employer was cited with a safety violation that caused the injury. While we here at the firm do not handle workers’ compensation claims, we will be happy to speak with you about separate claims against an employer in Ohio or West Virginia.


If you were injured at the workplace and would like legal advice, feel free to contact our team of West Virginia personal injury attorneys anytime at 877.526.3457. Or if you’d prefer to contact us online, please fill out this form and we will respond right away.

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Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law

Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law